Other literary forms
Matthew Prior (PRI-ur) is primarily known for his poetry. His verse, however, ranges widely, from verse epistles and songs to prologues and epilogues for plays. Indeed, there is virtually no kind of poem that he did not attempt, with the exception of the epic. His age expected such versatility from a serious poet, and it regarded him as one of its best. Even if today’s readers have relegated him to the second rank, they must acknowledge his virtuosity.